Myozyme

Drug List

Myozyme

Drug Name

Myozyme (Alglucosidase Alfa)

Manufactured By

Genzyme Corporation

Drug Savings


Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.



Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.


Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa) contains an enzyme that naturally occurs in the body in healthy people. Some people lack this enzyme because of a genetic disorder. Alglucosidase alfa helps replace this missing enzyme in such people.

How To Use

Myozyme must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take up to 4 hours to complete. This medicine is usually given once every 2 weeks. Before each injection, tell your doctor if you have recently been sick with a cold, flu, or other illness. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Myozyme. Myozyme can have long lasting effects on your body. Your blood will need to be tested every 3 months for 2 years and then once every year after that.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Myozyme: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Some people receiving Myozyme have had serious allergic reactions when the medicine was injected into the vein, or as long as 3 hours afterward. Tell your caregivers or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of these signs of a severe allergic reaction: feeling like you might pass out, even while lying down; slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop); bronchospasm (wheezing, tight feeling in your chest or throat, trouble breathing); pale skin, cold or clammy skin, blue lips or fingernails, cold hands or feet; warmth, redness, numbness, or tingly feeling under your skin; rash, itching, sweating, fever; severe headache, nausea, feeling restless or nervous; seizure (convulsions); or fast heart rate, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety, confusion. Also call your doctor at once if you have: skin changes (sores, lesions, ulcers, discoloring); or puffy eyes, swelling in your ankles or feet, weight gain, urine that looks foamy. Common Myozyme side effects may include: pale skin, blue lips, feeling hot or feverish; skin rash, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); headache, dizziness, agitation, muscle twitching; fast heart rate, rapid breathing, chest discomfort, cough; nausea, vomiting; tremor, shaking, increased sweating; or muscle pain, tiredness.

Drug Interactions

Other drugs may interact with alglucosidase alfa, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

In Case of Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your Myozyme injection.

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